China: Watermelons at the Table

In China we had watermelon with every meal. Sometimes it came at the start, in the form of a fresh puree. I could drink gallons of this. Just fresh watermelon, blended and nothing else. It was always served at room temperature.

Anytime I asked for the puree cold or iced, I was told that it was just not done that way. And that watermelon is best enjoyed at it’s “natural” temperature.

Most times we had it at the end of the meal, a whole watermelon cut into slices.

No dessert, this was dessert. These watermelons were sweeter than anything I’ve enjoyed in the US. And it wasn’t limited to restaurants, – upon check-in at any hotel we visited, there was fresh watermelon waiting in the hotel rooms.

Depending on where we were, the presentation of the watermelon varied from the very fancy to the totally ghetto served in a plastic bag. Dig in :)

  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    When I went to Australia, I bought a watermelon everyday…my family would have a slice or two each and then the rest would "mysteriously" disappear :) or not so mysteriously

  • Christine
    July 5, 2011

    When I went to China and Taiwan last year, we were also served watermelon for dessert at 90% of our meals. It's no wonder my sister's fiance (he's Taiwanese) could eat a whole one in one sitting. Have you had watermelon milk before? It's so delicious!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 6, 2011

    Hi Christine! I don't think I've had watermelon milk before – is it watermelon puree with milk? Sounds like something I'd like haha.

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